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Woodgrain; Superb Detailed; Circa 1909
was £559.99
now £389.99
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~ Exclusive to Waterman during the Golden Age ~

~ Superbly Detailed Imprint ~ Gold Filled Trim ~ c1909 ~

~ Ink Sac Fitted, Serviced, Excellent Overall Condition ~ 

vintage pen overview summary

     Up here for auction is a vintage Waterman's Ideal Red Ripple fountain pen & pencil set, which was manufactured in USA circa 1909. The set is in SENIOR VERSION, of the overall length of the fountain pen 5-3/8 inches. This Waterman's set is a fine example, in excellent red ripple (woodgrain) with gold filled trim and a 14ct gold nib. The ripple is a pattern that was exclusive to Waterman during the Golden Age. The pen is in excellent condition. There is no scretches, cracks, dings and dents all over the body. The imprint is crisp. The lever filling system of the pen is in perfect working order. A new sac has been fitted. It is really rare and highly sought after Waterman Ripple, considering its age (almost 100 years) and in this excellent condition.

     The pen is supberbly detailed, with imprint and signature all around. The model 52 is engraved at the end of the barrel. The 'Ideal' globe mark and the wordings are found on the barrel of the fountain pen. The lever and the pocket clip bear the 'IDEAL' globe logo, which is crisp and stunning.

     The set has been serviced and tested for full functionality. This Waterman's is a classic elegance and has been produced to the highest standards of craftsmanship. This would make an excellent gift to treat yourself or for someone special.

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Model: Waterman's Ideal Ripple fountain pen & pencil set – USA
Colour: Ripple / woodgrain
Overall Length: Pen: 5-3/8 inches; Pencil: 5/8 inches
Date Manufactured: Circa 1900s
Filler Type: Lever
Restoration: The pen has been conservatively serviced, polished and tested for full functionality
fountain pen history

     The Waterman Pen Company was established in 1883 in New York City by Lewis Waterman. Waterman's improvement on basic pen design and aggressive marketing played a vital role in making the fountain pen a mass-market object. The essential novelty of Waterman's first fountain pens was the feed, for which his first pen-related patent was granted in 1884. By 1899, Lewis Waterman opened a factory in Montreal was was offering a variety of designs. 

     Waterman's opened subsidiaries in Europe to meet international demand. A Waterman Fountain pen won the Medal of Excellence at the 1900 Paris World Exposition. In 1901, upon Waterman's death, his nephew took the business overseas and increased sales to 350,000 pens per year. 

     Waterman's fountain pen was extremely desirable. The Treaty of Versailles was signed using a solid gold Waterman pen, by Prime Minister David Lloyd George.

fountain pen cap THE CAP
Material: Ripple hard rubber
Top Ring: N/A
Top Jewel: N/A
Trim Pattern: Single broad gold cap band; Polished.
Pocket Clip: Engraves 'WATERMAN'S' with the IDEAL globe; it is polished, and adjusted to tight fit on your shirt
Cap Screw: Smooth
Work Done: The whole cap has been gently hand polished to restore its shiny condition.
fountain pen gold nib THE NIB
Material: 14ct solid gold
Grade: Medium
Condition of Feed : Excellent & clean
Work Done: The nib and feed has been cleaned to remove dried ink and residuals. The nib has been polished to restore its shiny condition.
Imprint: Reads 'WATERMAN'S REG.U.S.PAT.OFF. FOUNTAIN PEN Ripple' with the IDEAL globe. At the end of the barrel reads 'WATERMAN'S REG.U.S.PAT.OFF. MADE IN U.S.A.'
End Jewel: Engraved with the mdoel number '52'
Screw with Filler: Push type
Screw with Cap: Smooth
Lever: The gold lever is polished to restore its shiny condition. The lever is very smooth and easy to raise.
Work Done: The barrel has been gently hand polished to restore shiny colour with the imprint masked
fountain pen barrel
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fountain pen barrel imprint
Type: Lever
Imprint: N/A
Ink Storage: Medium storage; Easy to handle lever filling mechanism
Work Done: A new ink sac has been fitted. Talcum powder has been applied on the ink sac to prevent it sticking with the inner wall of the barrel. The ink sac and the filler mechanism has been tested to ensure its full working order.
Functionality: Excellent
Imprint: Reads 'WATERMAN'S PAT. APLD. FOR'
How to Use : The mechanism of the pencil has been tested for its full functionality. Hold the upper part of the pencil, and screw anti-clockwise to turn the lead out
Functionality: Fair
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